At Rowanfield Infant School and Rowanfield Junior School, we are taking steps to promote sustainable and active travel of children and staff between home and school through creating a Travel Plan.
Specifically, a Travel Plan is a package of measures that aims to reduce car use to and from any given site. This may target a place that people travel to (e.g. a workplace, school, place of worship, transport interchange, stadium), or a place that people travel from (e.g. residential housing development).
The staff responsible for the Travel Plan in our schools are Miss Clutterbuck (RJS teacher), Mrs Cattano (RJS teacher) and Mr Aldred (RIS and RJS teacher).
To support us in making an effective Travel Plan, we have signed up to a scheme called Modeshift STARS. Click on the following link for more information about this scheme: https://www.modeshiftstars.org/
Rowanfield Infant School and Rowanfield Junior School have currently secured the 'Green level Modeshift STARS accreditation' and are now working towards the 'Bronze level' accreditation.
Actions taken so far by the Rowanfield Travel Plan team:
- National Road Safety Week was promoted. Letters were sent home to encourage safe and sustainable travel to school and assembilies were held in both schools.
- Additional circle time sessions were run in each class at both schools and all classes were also taught extra Road Safety lessons (using the government's Think! scheme) https://www.think.gov.uk/education-resources/
- The Walking Bus has been restarted. Mr Aldred and other staff members meet children and parents every Tuesday morning by the playground in King George V Park at 08:30 for a fun walk into school.
- 'Bikeability' training has been run at RIS by Mr Smith for children identified as needing 4 weeks of extra lessons on balance bikes.
- Mrs Riddell spoke to local councillors and secured funding for signage and road markings to ensure that pedestrians are safe when walking down Bedford Avenue and to reduce the traffic and parking issues there.
Future actions to be completed in the spring and summer terms:
- Cycle lessons will run for Y5 and Y6 pupils who are identified as needing more support with learning to ride a bike.
- Scooter training will run in both schools for identified pupils.
- The Big Walk and Wheel event will run, promoting daily walking and/or cycling to school (March/April).
- We will investigate the cost of getting additional scooter and cycle storage across both schools.
- Actions will be shared with other GLA schools.